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Preview: Fleetwood Town v MK Dons

23 February 2018

Fleetwood have a great chance to take their first three points of the month, as fellow Sky Bet League One strugglers MK Dons visit Highbury this Saturday.

The Buckinghamshire side are yet to win in the league in 2018 but did pick up a point on their travels last time out, as they drew 0-0 with Rochdale on Wednesday evening.

A strong final flurry in Tuesday’s defeat to Portsmouth will give Fleetwood confidence going into this six-pointer.

New head coach John Sheridan’s thoughts…

There are probably eight or nine teams who are in a little league, and it’s important we get to the top of that mini league.

“If we can win six or seven of those games we have left, I think we will be safe.

“Saturday is a massive game and I need to make sure I lift the players and get them enjoy playing and get them to affect the result.”

Dan Micciche said…

“Wednesday’s result is something to build on.

“We’ve looked solid defensively – that’s the third away game since I’ve been here and we’ve only conceded two goals, one from a set-piece.

“We’re spending three days up here and we’re shutting the doors. Our focus for the next 72 hours is purely on winning on Saturday.”

Form Guide

Fleetwood’s run of defeats is now eight, but Saturday is a great chance to change that, as Town look for their first win since the 13th January, which was at Southend.

Dons have lost 6 of their last 8 games, picking up two points in that period, one of which came in midweek.

Fleetwood last five: LLLLL

MK Dons last five: LLLLD

We’ve Met Before

Fleetwood do not have a good record over Dan Micciche’s side, with MK winning four of the five league meetings. Fleetwood’ only victory came a year ago last week, as Cian Bolger’s second half header sealed a 1-0 victory at Stadium:MK.

Last time out, Chuks Aneke’s first half goal saw the hosts win 1-0 on Remembrance Day last year. On their last two visits to Fleetwood, the away side have picked up 4-1 and 3-0 wins respectively.

One to Watch

Striker Kieran Agard has been prolific for the Dons since he joined the club in 2016. The former Everton youngster made a name for himself while at Yeovil Town which sealed him a move to Rotherham United, before Bristol City came calling. With City he won the League One and Football League Trophy titles. Agard joined MK for a club record fee in August 2016 and scored twice on his debut against Millwall. His last goal came a week ago in a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic.

Fancy a Flutter?

League partner Sky Bet have released their odds for Saturday’s clash, and have Fleetwood at 11/10 to pick up the win. The visitors are 13/5, while a draw is 23/10.

Conor McAleny notched a screamer on Tuesday night, and another goal for the striker on Saturday is priced at 2/1.

McAleny to score first in a 2-1 Town win is available at 33/1, while a 2-1 win alone is 8/1.

A 1-0 win for Fleetwood is available at 5/1, while a 1-1 draw is 9/2.

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Match Reports

Report: Town dominate but have to settle for Dons draw

24 February 2018

Fleetwood Town ended their run of eight straight defeats with a 1-1 draw against MK Dons, in John Sheridan’s first match in charge.

A screamer from Ash Hunter levelled the scores in the second half after Robbie Muirhead had given the Buckinghamshire side the lead in the first period, and Fleetwood should have perhaps won the game after a strong second half performance. 

Conor McAleny had several efforts kept out by the excellent Dons keeper Lee Nicholls, but Town had to settle for a point at Highbury.

Sheridan made changes to the side that were defeated 2-1 by Portsmouth on Tuesday evening, as George Glendon, Toumani Diagouraga and McAleny were handed starts, replacing Nathan Pond, Harrison Biggins and Bobby Grant.

Town started well and were controlling the ball nicely in the opening 10 minutes. McAleny had the first effort of the game, as he looked to replicate his stunner on Tuesday, but he hit this one well over the bar.

There was little to separate the sides until the away side showcased some slick passing and took the lead. It came after some nice footwork on the counter attack saw the ball fall to Muirhead. The Scot turned well on the edge of the area and hit a low shot past Alex Cairns.

From the kick off though, Fleetwood should have been level as McAleny smashed a rocket of a ball against the post, after the receiving the ball from Paddy Madden’s burst into the area.

Town were throwing everything at the Dons and were dominating the play, with MK struggling to quell the swathes of Fleetwood pressure. Another chance to level went begging as Kyle Dempsey’s shot was saved by Nicholls.

Again the hosts went close, as next Hunter hit an effort agonisingly wide after McAleny’s cheeky flick put him through on goal. Nicholls’ goal was living a charmed life.

Fleetwood went into the break 1-0 down, but after thoroughly dominating proceedings, and were unlucky not to be going in level. A huge 45 minutes of football awaited Sheridan’s side.

It was the Dons though who started the brighter in the second half, which began with Cairns producing a stunning low save to deny to Chuks Aneke a second goal of the afternoon for the away side.

The away side were left to rue that chance as less than a minute later, Hunter challenged McAleny for February’s Goal of the Month, as he turned on the edge of the area and smashed the ball into the top corner to level the score.

That goal lifted the atmosphere at Highbury as the Cod Army searched for that elusive win.

McAleny had been lively all game, and he forced an error from Dean Lewington, which allowed Madden a shot on goal. A deflection saw the ball loop comfortably into Nicholls’ hands.

The game was soon end to end as Town had an effort cleared off the line, before Dons and broke and Callum Brittain fired wide from just inside the box.

McAleny then dragged wide after a Fleetwood counter attack of their own. Heroics from Nicholls then prevented Hunter from grabbing a second of the game as he saved a terrific volley.

Sheridan introduced Jordy Hiwula to the action with five minutes to go, and with the crowd now fully behind the team, Town pressed for a late winner.

It was to be an agonising finish for McAleny, who dragged his stoppage time shot wide from inside the area in the last effort of the game.

Fleetwood XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Eastham, Dempsey, McAleny, Bolger ©, Maguire, Diagouraga (Biggins), Madden (Hiwula), Glendon, Hunter.

Substitutes not used: Neal (GK), Pond, Burns, Grant, Jones.

MK Dons XI: Nicholls (GK), Williams, Lewington ©, Wooton, Cisse, Aneke (Agard), Ward, Muirhead, Tymon, Brittain (McGrandles), Ugbo.

Substitutes not used: Sietsma (GK), Ebanks-Landell, Nesbitt, Rasulo, Thomas-Asanke.

Referee: E Ilderton

Attendance: 2,773 (205 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets are still available for Town's league clash against MK Dons

23 February 2018

Tickets still available on sale for Saturday’s home game against Dan Micciche’s MK Dons.

New Fleetwood Town head coach John Sheridan will take charge of his first match at Highbury so make sure you get your tickets soon.

Prices are as follows:

Adults - from £17

Seniors - from £13

Students - from £5

Under 18s - from £5

Under 16s - from FREE

To book, or for further information on this fixture, contact the ticket office on 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.

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